Football Quotes

“…So please, be tolerant of those who describe a sporting moment as their best ever. We do not lack imagination, nor have we had sad and barren lives; it is just that real life is paler, duller, and contains less potential for unexpected delirium.” Nick Hornby, Fever Pitch

“If Shankly was the Anfield foreman, Paisley was the brickie, ready to build an empire with his own hands.” 
Tommy Smith

“In the sweep of its appeal, its ability to touch every corner of humanity, football is the only game that needed to be invented.” 
Bobby Charlton

“I was once fined £5,000 for calling Coventry fans wankers. Best £5,000 I’ve ever spent”
Ian Wright

“To put it in gentleman’s terms if you’ve been out for a night and you’re looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they’re good looking and some weeks they’re not the best. Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She wasn’t the best looking lady we ended up taking home but she was very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much, let’s have a coffee.”
Ian Holloway, sulla vittoria immeritata del suo QPR

“All I can say is that I’d be confident in Jimmy Sirrel managing a team I supported. People like Jimmy have had to work with either no money or little money and if you look at his career, you’ll see he’s done fantastically well”
Sir Alex Ferguson, parlando di Jimmy Sirrel

“I couldn’t be more chuffed if I were a badger at the start of the mating season”
Sempre Ian Holloway, dopo una vittoria contro il Cardiff City

“There was nothing like quietening that Kop. When you stuck a goal in there it all went quiet, apart from a bit of choice language aimed in your direction! Scoring there was a delight to me. I just used to turn round to the crowd and bow three times to them”
“Dixie” Dean

People ask me if that 60-goal record will ever be beaten. I think it will. But there’s only one man who’ll do it. That’s the fellow that walks on the water. I think he’s about the only one
“Dixie” Dean

“If Everton were playing down the bottom of my garden, I’d draw the curtains.”
Bill Shankly

“In my time at Liverpool we always said we had the best two teams in Merseyside. Liverpool and Liverpool reserves.”
Bill Shankly

“There should be a law against him. He knows what’s happening 20 minutes before everyone else”
Jock Stein, parlando di Bobby Moore

“He’s worse than the rain in Manchester. At least the rain in Manchester stops occasionally”
Bill Shankly, parlando di Brian Clough

“Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win”
Gary Lineker

Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that
Bill Shankly

Football, bloody hell!
Sir Alex Ferguson dopo Manchester United-Bayern 2-1, finale di Champions

“Players lose you games, not tactics. There’s so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes
Brian Clough

The river Trent is lovely, I know because I have walked on it for 18 years
Brian Clough

“If God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he’d have put grass up there”
Brian Clough

At a football club, there’s a holy trinity: the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don’t come into it. They are only there to sign the cheques
Bill Shankly

It was a very simple team talk. All I used to say was: ‘Whenever possible, give the ball to George Best’
Matt Busby

“Mind you, I’ve been here during the bad times too – one year we came second”
Bob Paisley

“When he plays on snow, he doesn’t leave any footprints”
Don Revie, parlando di Eddie Gray

“It is better to fail aiming high than to succeed aiming low. And we of Spurs have set our sights very high, so high in fact that even failure will have in it an echo of glory”
Bill Nicholson

“I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one”
Brian Clough

“Of course I didn’t take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present. It was her birthday. Would I have got married in the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves”
Bill Shankly

“He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that he’s all right
George Best, parlando di David Beckham

“If I’d been born ugly, you’d never have heard of Pele”
George Best

“Manchester Utd in Brazil? I hope they all get bloody diarrhoea”
Brian Clough

“If you don’t drag yourself off the field exhausted after 90 minutes, you can’t claim to have done your best”
Bill Nicholson

“In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol – it was the worst 20 minutes of my life”
George Best

“I have such bad luck at the moment that if I fell in a barrel of boobs I’d come out sucking my thumb”
Ian Holloway


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